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The Au Pair Affair by Bonnie Dee
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-06-18
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie
He left his seamy past...and found a steamy romance. When Louis Guzman signs on with a Hollywood nanny agency and scores a job offer on his very first interview, he’s thrilled for the chance to start fresh—and hopeful that no one will delve too deeply into his checkered work and romantic past. Helping an amicably divorced Beverly Hills power couple raise their two adorable children is the perfect situation. Too perfect to let a vibe of attraction to the handsome producer tempt Louis to flirt his way to a pink slip. Since he came out, Dan Krefman has been too busy with his job to experiment with his newly embraced sexuality. But with undercurrents sizzling like live power cables between him and his kids’ hunky Latino nanny, he’s finding it hard to maintain his distance. Louis promises Dan—and himself—that just one encounter will get the lust out of both their systems. But it’s only the beginning...and when Louis’s past crawls out of the shadows, dirty secrets threaten to destroy not only his own future, but the family he has come to love. Warning: Hot male loving and sweet family bonding—not bondage, bonding, perv!
Louis Guzman really needs a job, so a position as a live-in au pair for the two young children of a divorced Hollywood power couple seems perfect. All he has to do is keep quiet about his less-than-savory past employment history. At first the job seems wonderful. He likes the kids, and their mom. Their father, however, proves to be a temptation Louis doesn’t want to resist.
Dan Krefman’s marriage ended because he couldn’t live in denial any longer. Since he came out, however, he hasn’t really tested the waters of dating other men, preferring to keep busy with work and his children. An attraction to the nanny his kids adore is not in his plans. Too bad the spark between him and Louis is so hard to deny.
Acting on their attraction may not be the smartest move, but they can’t help themselves. Their idea to put their attraction behind them after indulging once or twice backfires terribly. Then Louis’s past comes to light, and both their lives might be destroyed.
The Au Pair Affair is an enjoyable, Harlequin-esque tale of a sexy, younger Latino nanny and his equally attractive, high-powered Hollywood boss. While the resemblance to a Harlequin trope could be construed as negative, in this story I didn’t find it to be so. The rich boss / poor nanny trope gets turned on its head a bit here. Louis may be broke, but he’s always accepted his sexuality. Of the two of them, he is the experienced, aggressive one. That gives him a lot more power than he would normally have in such a situation. I have to say I liked Louis. He’s practical and sweet, and he genuinely likes both the children and their mother. Despite his sketchy past, he’s a great nanny.
I liked Dan as well. He divorced his wife, a formerly A-list actress, because their relationship wasn’t fair to her. He remains friends with her after his revelation, and spends as much time as possible with his children. He wants the best for them, which is one of the major reasons he doesn’t want to act on his feelings for Louis.
Of course, they can’t keep their attraction under wraps forever, and once they admit it, they have to act on it. The way their relationship builds is both hot and sweet. Nothing here is terribly shocking or ground-breaking, including the revelation of Louis’s past, but it’s all well-written and fun to read. There are a lot of interesting secondary characters, and the plot is fast-paced. Anyone who enjoys Hollywood tales, or m/m re-imaginings of romance tropes, will find a lot to like in The Au Pair Affair.